Ricardo Carvalho has been ruled out of the El Clasico this weekend. Ricardo Carvalho is thought to be one of the main men for José Mourinho. He has played for the Portuguese under various different clubs including Chelsea. He was signed a few seasons ago just £ 5 million, but the Portuguese will not be involved in the huge clash against Barcelona.

However, this season Ricardo Carvalho has suffered a number of injuries that has kept him out of the team for long periods. He has been suffering from back problems all through the season, but he will be missing the match against Barcelona due to a pulled ligament in the right knee.

Real Madrid need to get at least a draw in the match against Barcelona in order to keep their position at the top of the table. They currently lead Barcelona by just three points, although the Catalan club has played game more than Real Madrid. It was thought that Carvalho will be fit by the time El Clasico arrived, but it is pretty obvious that he will not be involved in the match. This comes as a major blow for Real Madrid ahead of the crucial encounter, which could see Barcelona go ahead of Real Madrid should they win the match. This has been the case in the last few seasons, and one can certainly remember the 6-1 thrashing Barcelona handed out to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernebeu.

In the few seasons José Mourinho has been in charge of Real Madrid, he has a pretty poor record against the Catalan club. So far, he has managed just one victory – coming in the final of the Copa Del Rey – against Barcelona, although he had huge success against the club with both Chelsea and Inter Milan.